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Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute
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    Systemic risk was the real culprit in the 2008 financial crisis and, with banks continuing to borrow huge amounts, the dangers are still there Why did nobody see it coming? Queen Elizabeth famously asked this question when visiting the London School of Economics in 2008. Along with Allan McConnell at the University of Sydney, I’ve been thinking about the best … Continue reading

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    The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) is holding the second of its ‘In Conversation’ evenings at 6pm, Thursday 20 February 2014 in Firth Hall, University of Sheffield. This time, Professor Andrew Gamble (University of Cambridge and Chair of SPERI’s International Advisory Board) will engage Andrew Haldane (Executive Director for Financial Stability, Bank of England) in conversation about the financial … Continue reading

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    The Sheffield Political Economy Research Institute (SPERI) is today launching a new series of publications, SPERI British Political Economy Briefs. The first edition, ‘Pay in Manufacturing and Finance’, assesses what the latest data on pay across different sectors tells us about the rebalancing of the British economy away from financial services and towards manufacturing. The brief reports evidence, however, that … Continue reading

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    George Osborne promised a ‘march of the makers’ but as yet there is little sign that a resurgence of manufacturing is helping the economy to rebalance As late as 1980, manufacturing represented around 30 per cent of the UK’s gross value added (GVA) and employed around a quarter of the workforce. But it now represents around 12 per cent of … Continue reading

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    It was another full house on Thursday 20 February, when Andrew Haldane (Executive Director for Financial Stability at the Bank of England and University of Sheffield alumnus) returned to Sheffield. The audience at Firth Hall at the University of Sheffield listened intently to Professor Andrew Gamble (Chair of SPERI International Advisory Board and Professor of Politics at the University of Cambridge) engaging with Andrew … Continue reading

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    If you missed ‘In Conversation with Andrew Haldane (Executive Director for Financial Stability, Bank of England)’ on Thurs 20 February 2014, you can now watch the video in full below. You can also find out more about the event here.  

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  • 03/20/14--06:37: New SPERI Paper by Ben Clift
  • You can now download the next in the SPERI Paper series Paper No.10 – The Hollande Presidency, the Eurozone Crisis & the Politics of Fiscal Rectitude by Ben Clift (SPERI Honorary Research Fellow & Professor of Political Economy, University of Warwick). The paper analyses the political economy of the Hollande Presidency in France, evaluating the economic policies pursued by the French Socialist … Continue reading

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    By actually meeting and listening to people in New York I learnt much about how important the rating agencies were to the financial crisis, and how little has since changed in their world What is it that distinguishes an academic from a school teacher?  For me the defining feature is that we create knowledge.  That can be by reinterpreting a … Continue reading

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    The European economy has been financialised, rather than ‘Lisbonised’   Guest post by Kean Birch   By 2010, the European Union was supposed to be the world’s ‘most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy’ according to Europe’s grand strategy – the Lisbon Agenda.  It was meant to turn Europe into the world’s hub of innovation and technology-driven growth. This strategy emerged … Continue reading

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    The Conservative government’s promotion of financialisation is transforming citizenship in the UK While the New Labour-ish language of ‘financial inclusion’ and ‘asset-based welfare’ has been quietly eschewed, since 2010 the Conservative Party has continued its predecessor’s agenda around promoting more extensive and intensive participation in the financial system, through asset ownership, in order to enable individuals to play an enhanced … Continue reading

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    Acknowledging the redundancy of silo governance will be a vital first step in creating the new macroeconomic institutional arrangements we need The most distinguishing feature of the macroeconomic governance frameworks that emerged throughout the world in the 1990s was the creation of a number of narrowly focused institutional silos (fiscal, monetary and financial regulation). In the aftermath of the financial … Continue reading


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    The practice of saving has been complexified, but the concept has until recently retained discursive significance as part of an ‘asset-based welfare’ agenda. The 2017 election may, however, have signalled a significant shift in British economic statecraft The value of saving has been preached by the leaders of both main political parties in the UK for a considerable period of … Continue reading


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    International development is increasingly being financed in innovative new ways. Public aid money is critical and its role should be celebrated more I was delighted to read that Professor Mariana Mazzucato has recently launched a new Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) at University College London. The Institute describes its mission as to ‘rethink how public value is created, … Continue reading